Nominated by:

Stadt Bibliothek Salzburg, Austria

Zentral- u. Landesbibliothek Berlin, Germany

Bibliotheken der Stadt Mainz, Germany

Free Library of Philadelphia, USA

Publisher of nominated edition:

Quercus Publishing, UK

Pantheon Books, USA


Daniel Kehlmann      

Translated from the German by Carol Brown Janeway

2016 Longlist

Artful and subversive, F tells the story of the Friedland family – fakers, all of them – and the day when the fate in which they don’t quite believe catches up with them.

Having achieved nothing in life, Arthur Friedland is tricked on stage by a hypnotist and told to change everything. After he abandons his three young sons, they grow up to be a faithless priest, a broke financier and a forger. Each of them cultivates absence. One will be lost to it.

A novel about the game of fate and the fetters of family, F never stops questioning, exploring and teasing at every twist and turn of its Rubik’s Cube-like narrative.

(from publisher)

About the Author

Daniel Kehlmann was born in Munich in 1975 and lives in Vienna, Berlin and New York. His works include Measuring the World, Me & Kaminski and Fame, and have won numerous prizes, including the Candide Prize, the Literature Prize of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, the Doderer Prize, The Kleist Prize, the WELT Literature Prize, and the Thomas Mann Prize. Measuring the World was translated into more than forty languages and is one of the biggest successes in post-war German literature. F has been shortlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize 2015.

Librarians’ Comments

How an encounter with a hypnotist changes the lives of a father and his three sons.

Daniel Kehlmann’s F delights on a highly philosophical level. F is several things at once: a family saga, a fable, a novel about faith, and first of all a great book about falsehood and truth.

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